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  • Two shuttle veterans poised to join U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

    Florida TechJanuary 21st, 2018

    On Jan. 18, 2018 former shuttle astronauts Dr. Thomas D. Jones and Captain Scott D. Altman, were recognized for their contributions toward the field of space sciences - by being selected for induction into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. When they claim their medallions, they will become two of only 95 individuals to receive this honor. 

  • Skywalking: STS-80 Mission Highlights: Nov.–Dec. 1996

    NASANovember 19th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — An early morning landing on the Space Shuttle Columbia ended a more than 17-day mission to deploy and retrieve two science satellites, one that studied stars and another that made thin film wafers. Pilot Kent Rominger recounted how impressive it was to see the trailing satellites at sunrise. “It was incredible having two satellites out there at the same time. In the morning when the Sun would rise, they were just tremendously bright stars, trailing along behind us.”

  • Experts weigh in on the year ahead in space

    Jason RhianFebruary 27th, 2016

    SFI reached out to experts in the space arena to get their view on what they thought would be the major events the public should be on the lookout for in 2016 – and beyond. Their responses were as varied as their backgrounds – highlighting the current dynamic state of space exploration efforts.

  • Skywalking: STS-68 preflight – getting ready for Space Radar Lab 2

    Tom JonesOctober 17th, 2015

    Throughout our training syllabus, we were guided through the frantic schedule of classes and simulator sessions by our training team. Without their expertise, we would never have been ready in time for our planned Aug. 18 launch date.

  • Skywalking: Did UFOs visit STS-80 Columbia?

    Tom JonesOctober 10th, 2015

    During the week of April 11, 2011, the FBI released some of its investigation records on UFOs. The reports reflect the reality that people do see unexplained phenomena in the sky. Are these sightings evidence for intelligent life elsewhere, or some secret flight testing program?

  • Skywalking: Four Hairballs head for space–STS-68

    Tom JonesSeptember 20th, 2015

    Since July 1990, the 23 members of Astronaut Group XIII had studied and trained together for their ultimate challenge in space. They all wanted to be the first in their class to fly, but they knew it would take a couple of years to get every Hairball into orbit – flying a couple rookies, at most, with every shuttle mission.

  • Skywalking: Food for thought… just before liftoff

    Tom JonesSeptember 19th, 2015

    In a tradition dating back to Alan Shepard’s first U.S. spaceflight in 1961, astronauts are served a favorite meal before suiting up and heading to the launch pad – and into space.